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Runner thankful for "pushy" friend

Runner thankful for "pushy" friend

St. Petersburg, Florida - Mark McBride has run in a lot of different races. He's in such good shape he can tick them off while he runs: Iron man, marathons, etc. But next week, for the very first time, he'll join the throngs taking on the St. Pete Beach Classic.


A friend of Mark's founded the race in 2004. In the running world, Wendy Johnson was known for getting things done. So when Wendy, who'd had skin cancer on her ear, noticed a suspicious freckle on Mark's neck, she was persistent.


"She had said to me, 'Mark, you ought to get that checked out.' And I'm like OK, whatever, and I never did anything. A month or two later she said, 'Mark, you REALLY need to get that looked at!'"

Courtyard by Marriott named Business of the Month

Courtyard by Marriott named Business of the Month

Oldsmar, FL - This month, the City of Oldsmar awarded the Business of the Month honor to the Courtyard by Marriott for January of 2011. Councilmember Janice Miller (left) presented the award to Stacey Keene, Marketing Director for the hotel.

As reported by the Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce, in her presentation Ms. Miller said: "I am proud to present the first Business of the Month Award in 2011 to yet another one of the great businesses we have in Oldsmar. This is a business that is based on the premise of superior customer service and the highest standards of business ethics."

Taking the plunge in Tarpon Springs Epiphany cross dive

Taking the plunge in Tarpon Springs Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Dozens of young men leaped into chilly waters just after 1 p.m. Thursday, pursuing a wooden cross and a year of blessings, in one of the world's largest Greek religious celebrations.

Two days of events commemorating the Epiphany will reached their high point when teenage boys of the Greek Orthodox faith take part in the annual cross dive in Spring Bayou near downtown Tarpon Springs.

Photo Gallery: Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration and cross dive 2011

Tarpon Springs has a higher proportion of Greek Americans than any other city in the United States.

This is the 105th year the city has celebrated the Epiphany; the tradition began with Greek immigrants who came to the area to make a living diving for sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Market in the Park brings arts and food to Pinellas Park

Market in the Park  brings arts and food to Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park, FL - If you enjoy fresh produce and hand made crafts, then Saturday's Market in the Park is for you.

The outdoor market is located at the Park Station, 5851 Park Boulevard next to the railroad tracks. From baked goods to gourmet products to art, the Pinellas Park Market in the Park is packed with vendors offering tons of deals.

It is a free event running each Saturday 8:30 - 2:00 p.m. the whole family can enjoy.

For more information please call the Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce at (727) 483-8853 or (727) 544-4777.

 

County offers incentives for 100 mile walking program

County offers incentives for 100 mile walking program

Pinellas County, FL - If you are having trouble sticking to your New Year's resolution to get fit and slim down, the incentives offered in the Pinellas County Health Department's latest initiative just might keep your motivation up. In partnership with Step Up Florida, the county is introducing the free 100 Mile Walking Program, featuring health benefits as well as free t-shirts and certificates when the course is completed.

Helping you track the miles toward your fitness goals is all part of the Leap Into Healthy Living effort.

Walkers who turn in logs with 100 miles recorded receive a T-shirt and certificate. Best of all, they will improve their health, control their weight and feel better. Additional perks are the inexpensive, easy, and effective qualities of walking, which burns calories, builds muscle tone, lowers blood pressure, and relieves stress.

Why do they call it that: Tarpon Springs

Why do they call it that: Tarpon Springs

It's a Pinellas County's city that's home to more Greek Americans per capita than any other place in the U.S.

We took The Morning Show LIVE to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday, January 5th! 

Tarpon prepares for annual Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon prepares for annual Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon Springs, FL - Thousands of people converge on Tarpon Springs for the yearly Epiphany celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, which takes place every Jan 6.

The most recognizable annual tradition is when Greek Orthodox male teens dive into Spring Bayou after the Epiphany cross is tossed into the water. Whoever retrieves the icon in the competitive race is said to be blessed for the rest of the year.

In anticipation of tomorrow's dive, click through this Metromix gallery for a closer look back at the ceremony in recent years.